ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County Police are seeking information on a suspect who placed a box outside an Ellicott City jewelry store, claiming it contained an explosive device, during an attempted robbery.

On Oct. 1, the man placed a box outside Sergio’s Fine Jewelers in the 10100 block of Baltimore National Pike and a note demanding jewelry and cash.

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A device that looked like a bomb was found inside the box, but the State Fire Marshal bomb squad determined it was a fake, said Howard County police spokesperson Seth Hoffman.

The suspect is described as a white male. In the video, he can be seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black shoes and a surgical mask over his nose and mouth.

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Logos on the sweatshirt are associated with NASA Astronaut Group 16, police said.

Police said the man was driving a black Mercedes-Benz sedan.

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A $1,500 reward is being offered. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-313-STOP (7867) or email HCPDCrimeTips@howardcountymd.gov.

CBS Baltimore Staff